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METACANON 0.7

This is not a greatest books list.

Metacanon is a database that offers an alternative to the genre of the greatest books list. Unlike lists compiled by individuals or small committees of experts, metacanon builds custom book lists by culling data from tens of thousands of scholarly texts. This data-driven approach results in a more comprehensive, flexible, and inclusive gateway into the canon(s).

Metacanon 0.7 is limited primarily to American fiction after 1800, but future updates will expand to include other areas, genres, and periods.

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# Title Author Year Score
1Mark as read.U.S.A.John Dos Passos193812.53
2Mark as read.Uncle Tom's ChildrenRichard Wright193812.48
3Mark as read.The UnvanquishedWilliam Faulkner193811.15
4Mark as read.The YearlingMarjorie Kinnan Rawlings19388.72
5Mark as read.Johnny Got His GunDalton Trumbo19386.93
6Mark as read.In Dreams Begin ResponsibilitiesDelmore Schwartz19386.50
7Mark as read.AnthemAyn Rand 19386.13
8Mark as read.The Long ValleyJohn Steinbeck19385.68
9Mark as read.The BuccaneersEdith Wharton19385.64
10Mark as read.Young Man with a HornDorothy Baker19385.36
11Mark as read.The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine StoriesErnest Hemingway19384.92
12Mark as read.Fast and LooseEdith Wharton19384.71
13Mark as read.Wait Until Spring, BandiniJohn Fante19383.91
14Mark as read.All This and Heaven TooRachel Field19382.96
15Mark as read.The Prodigal ParentsSinclair Lewis19382.67
16Mark as read.The Potter's HouseWallace Stegner19380.63
# Score
1Mark as read.U.S.A. (1938)
John Dos Passos
12.53
2Mark as read.Uncle Tom's Children (1938)
Richard Wright
12.48
3Mark as read.The Unvanquished (1938)
William Faulkner
11.15
4Mark as read.The Yearling (1938)
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
8.72
5Mark as read.Johnny Got His Gun (1938)
Dalton Trumbo
6.93
6Mark as read.In Dreams Begin Responsibilities (1938)
Delmore Schwartz
6.50
7Mark as read.Anthem (1938)
Ayn Rand
6.13
8Mark as read.The Long Valley (1938)
John Steinbeck
5.68
9Mark as read.The Buccaneers (1938)
Edith Wharton
5.64
10Mark as read.Young Man with a Horn (1938)
Dorothy Baker
5.36
11Mark as read.The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories (1938)
Ernest Hemingway
4.92
12Mark as read.Fast and Loose (1938)
Edith Wharton
4.71
13Mark as read.Wait Until Spring, Bandini (1938)
John Fante
3.91
14Mark as read.All This and Heaven Too (1938)
Rachel Field
2.96
15Mark as read.The Prodigal Parents (1938)
Sinclair Lewis
2.67
16Mark as read.The Potter's House (1938)
Wallace Stegner
0.63

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N-gram Frequency Correction.

Titles consisting of words or phrases that are exceedingly common in the English language corpus (such as Stephen King's It or Joyce Carol Oates's them) tend to be overrepresented in search results, thus resulting in an articially inflated citation count. To counteract this tendency, Metacanon adjusts the scores for these works accordingly. Scores subjected to n-gram frequency correction are estimates only and are marked with an asterisk. N-gram freqencies are drawn from the Corpus of Contemporary American English, a project created by Mark Davies.


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